far be it from (someone) to (do something)

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far be it from (someone) to (do something)

A phrase used to emphasize that the person being discussed is either very likely or very unlikely to do something, depending on the context. Far be it from me to tell you how much to work on this report, but do you really think it's thorough enough? I think we need to believe what Shirley's saying—far be it from her to lie.
See also: far

far be it from one to

One will not do or say something. This disclaimer may be true or false, depending on the speaker or the context. For example, Far be it from him to disagree may be used as a straightforward indication that he is unlikely to disagree, or it may be used ironically to indicate that he actually disagrees quite strongly. [Late 1300s] For a phrase used similarly, see god forbid.
See also: far, one

far be it from (or for) me to

used to express reluctance, especially to do something which you think may be resented.
See also: far